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New Johnny Depp film to be filmed at Gloucester Docks

Johnny Depp is heading for Britain's most inland port to shoot the latest Tim Burton film Through the Looking Glass.

Dredging work has begun at Gloucester docks to provide enough depth for five tall ships which will feature in the film version of Louis Carroll's famous sequel to Alice in Wonderland.

Rumours had been rife that the docks would be the backdrop for the next Pirates of the Caribbean film but today it was confirmed it will be Through the Looking Glass in which Johnny Depp will reprise his role as the Mad Hatter.

News that the Victorian harbour will be featured in the new Disney production has caused excitement in the city - but also some alarm.

Leisure boat owners who sail in and out of the docks along the 17 mile Sharpness canal to the river Severn and Bristol Channel say the dredging work could trap them in Gloucester,

There are currently 25 boats in the docks but the amount of dredging being done will mean only six can get in and out of the locks in a day.

It is great news that the docks will be used for filming but it is a serious issue for people who have planned the timing of their holidays and need to come in and out of the docks on a particular day.

If the dredging had been done in winter it would not be an issue, so it is very frustrating that it is happening at the last minute during peak season.

– Martin Turner, local chairman of the Inland Waterways Association
Film director Tim Burton will be in Gloucester to shoot Through the Looking Glass. Credit: Zezulka Tomas / PA

This is something to celebrate. It is a fantastic opportunity to bring some wonderful old ships into the docks for everyone to see.

We only knew a couple of weeks ago that this was going to happen and we need to get on with the dredging straight away to accommodate it.

In an ideal world we would have had more notice but we are committed to living waterways and we are delighted this is going to happen here.

There will be some disruption to movement but the canal will stay open and we will get in as many boats as necessary per day.

– Nick Worthington, local waterways manager, Canals and Rivers Trust,

Gloucester City Council leader Paul James said he was thrilled that a major blockbuster would be filmed in the dockland but he was not permitted to confirm which one:

But from what I have been told it is pretty exciting news.

– Paul James, leader, Gloucester city council
Dredging work has begun at Gloucester docks to provide enough depth for five tall ships. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

It will not be the first time a major film has been shot in Gloucester.

The cathedral's cloisters were transformed into the hallowed corridors of Hogwarts for three Harry Potter films, and the cathedral also featured in the Dr Who Christmas Special in 2008.

The docks were used in 2006 for the filming of Amazing Grace, the true story of William Wilberforce's role in ending the slave trade. On that occasion stars seen at the docks included Ioan Gruffudd, Benedict Cumberbatch and Albert Finney.

It is understood the dredging at the docks to prepare for the new film will go on until Aug 8th and filming will begin ten days later on Aug 18th.